Easter

Happy Easter everyone! This is the last world holiday for many months. Easter comes in two forms.  One is for the Christians who consider it the end of Lent and a holy day.  The other is simply a family holiday where everyone gets together and feast.  Although this year it is still difficult due to the pandemic.  However you do celebrate it, it should be an enjoyable day.  I saw on Matt Fraser on Facebook, his family making lasagna for the family get together.  If we can be together without becoming sick, it is a good day.  We all need to be reminded that holidays are to share and enjoy.  I did my baking today so I will be ready for tomorrow.  Easter is great for children.  The story of the Easter bunny is fun.  Hiding the eggs, little gifts, etc. are a nice treat for children.  I always gave my children small presents in an Easter basket with candy hid in obvious places.  They would joke about it when they were seven and eight.  It is a day to enjoy each other’s company and friendship.  If you are alone, watch movies that will cheer you tomorrow.  Whatever you do have a wonderful day.  In the Good Gus series I never added the Easter holiday.  The books are still a great gift online or through the website for tomorrow, the end of the school year or just for fun reading.  You can find them at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  I tried to return to the video readings with my former radio company, but COVID ended the business.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 

Family Feud is a long time game show in the United States. It’s also  the subject of many hillbilly stories during prohibition and the early 1900’s in the U.S.  The family feud between the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s comes to mind from old history books. However, just because it’s 2019 doesn’t mean that it still doesn’t exist.  It’s amazing how many families don’t speak to each other.  It may be different views on politics, religion, or how they handle their lives.  In any event, once they become upset with each other, it tends to drag out for years.  Sometimes they never speak again.  On an old “Designing Women,” Charlene’s brother came to see her because he was in love with a girl that her parents were against because of a family feud. The girl’s parents were against Charlene’s brother.  When the fathers figure out where their children are they walk into the design office carrying guns.  The family feud was over the girl’s dad who had put all of his money in a sock and buried it in his back garden.  When he couldn’t find it he accused Charlene’s dad and dug up his back garden.  Her dad hadn’t taken the money.  Eventually, the dads realize this is all ridiculous and they shake hands.  When I wrote “Misplaced Trust,” which is available online, one of the first statements I made was as follows.  The very first thought that will come to mind when you read this book is, “No! Not in MY family! It would NEVER happen to us! Well, the sad truth is that everything changes when there is money at stake, whether it be a small or a large amount. Families that ate breakfast every day for twenty years, celebrated Christmas and Easter together, went on vacations/holiday every year, and then…suddenly, stop speaking to each other. They begin to accuse one another of all sorts of despicable things. Sounds crazy, right? Well, read on and see what I have seen for the last ten years….see what REALLY happens in REAL life. You can locate the book at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Sales were reasonable today for Miss Patty at Balboa Park.  Remember, she will be bring the Christmas book, “The Special Gift” beginning November 1.  It is available online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones and for hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.

Have you ever noticed that many individuals do not live in the present?  Often older people prefer living in the past.  However, we all need to live in the here and now.  If you don’t live in the present you miss out on all the little things that help give you nice memories.  Today for example, my daughter and I were driving and spring has sprung in Texas.  Fields are covered with beautiful flowers in a variety of colors.  If you take a few minutes to admire them, it’s a positive memory for your day.  The people who dwell on the past have no present and very little future.  They seem to want to moan about all that was wrong, things they should have done differently, and how it has ruined their future.  It’s foolish.  Once an event occurs you cannot go back and erase it or change it.  If you made a mistake you can try to repair the damage.  The old saying, “Don’t cry over spilt milk,” is more applicable than you think.  You can’t go back and change it but you can clean it up and move forward.  The whiners, complainers, and the individuals who love to discuss how miserable their lives have been are never going to be happy.  Until they begin to live in the present, let go of the past, they can never be truly happy.  In the Good Gus series, all the stories are about living in the present and enjoying as many positive moments as possible.  It know it’s Easter week-end, but there were egg hunts at Balboa Park, San Diego, California and many parents loved the books.  You can also find it on Kindle and  at the UPS store in Tierrasanta, California as well.  “Misplaced Trust” has many characters who think about the past but try to cheat their way into the present so that they can have a brighter financial future.  You can find the book when you need that relaxing break at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Many individuals believe that they are more valuable than others. Individuals who have suddenly been elevated to a position of power, instantly they believe they are more important or valuable than what they consider are the underlings. In my Home Owners Association, a man was recently appointed president of the organization.  To say it has gone totally to his head is an understatement.  He believes he is beyond reproach, above everyone and that whatever he may say is 100% accurate and the truth.  Unfortunately, he is lacking in basic knowledge regarding business and believes he can do no wrong.  Just because he was an employee accountant, does not qualify him to understand business nor the issues of an HOA.    We are all valuable yet there are people who believe that they are more important for any number of reasons especially if they are rich.  Lori Loughlin appears to be under the impression that because she is rich and famous  she won’t go to prison and the authorities will go easy on her.  This is where she is completely wrong.  As valuable as she may be as a actress and contributor the tax base in the United States, the people who hold her fate in their hands  do not have the same money or fame that she has.  In addition, they want to make an example of her.  The average person understands but her expensive attorneys have never faced jail time so it’s not quite the same for them.  I hope she wakes up soon.  In the Good Gus series, everyone was a valuable citizen, child or adult.  Based on adventures and small amounts of drama in the old west, the books offer an excellent choice for the young reader to stimulate their imaginations.  Easily available on Kindle, and now the  UPS store in Tierrasanta, California it’s a great gift for Easter.  Many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” fail to recognize the valuable gifts and treasures bestowed upon them.  The book is only a click away at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

children's books, Good Gus Books Often people justify their actions whether they are right or wrong.  Frequently, a person who is in the wrong will tend to justify their behavior.  They may have plausible excuses but it still doesn’t make it right.  Everyday in the media people, including the reporters, justify whatever is written.  The worst part is that there is generally no justification for bad behavior, harm to others, gossip, lies, etc.  As human beings, we should act decently towards others and not expect people to make changes just because we say so.  When immigrants moved to the United States they did so to escape the disagreeable life they had in their countries.  They learned English and adapted to the American ways.  Now, however, people expect to be treated special.  They want their language listed on all forms and if you call a government agency they demand to speak to a person that can understand their language.  Their justifications for this boil down to they expect to be treated better than the other citizens.  There are even groups that feel that if you want to decorate for Easter you shouldn’t.  Their ideals and goals are more important.  People will say or do anything to justify their actions.  It is wrong and unfair to believe that your opinions are the only ones that matter.  When Bad Bart demanded chocolate ice cream in “Pecos Meets Bad Bart,” he attempted to justify his temper tantrum because the sign on Bob’s Sweet Shop said they served vanilla and chocolate.  Sheriff Gus fixed the situation but the point was that if the shop was temporarily out of chocolate, there was no need for his behavior.  You can easily read to your young reader, books one through four on Kindle.  The behavior of many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” completely justified their actions because they felt entitled.  It is good reading for the weather that has suddenly turned cold again.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

The first time I heard the phrase socially accepted suicide it struck me in a strong way.  I was having a conversation with an old friend.  He was discussing his mother’s sister.  She had apparently gained a great deal of weight and then lost it and became physically fit.  She then demanded the entire family change because she had transformed her life.  When they refused to comply to her demands, her response was “Then my life isn’t worth living.”  She then told her family she was going to commit socially accepted suicide by eating herself to death.  That is exactly what she proceeded to do.  Within three months she was gone.  There are many countries that would love to have the amount of food available to the western world.  Yet, sadly, the countries with the most food don’t appreciate it.  Instead, they commit socially accepted suicide by eating any and all foods, not caring about their diet or their weight, or even attempting exercise.  There are individuals who have woken up to what they have been doing to their bodies and have decided to take the healthy approach and return to good health.  Often I see people who are grossly overweight, yet they are putting forth the effort to change their lives for the better.  Possibly they realized that they were committing socially accepted suicide and decided life was indeed worth living.  In the Good Gus series, the characters ate wholesome farm fresh foods.  At Mary’s Cafe’, the closest store to a restaurant, the foods were grown by Mary and her family.  There was no socially accepted suicides in Pecos.  There series is available on Kindle worldwide and ideal for last minute Easter gifts.  If you know anyone you feel is committing socially accepted suicide, you may suggest to them that they are eating their life away and hopefully they were accept your consideration for them. For a different read, “Misplaced Trust” is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

There are many pros and cons regarding fasting. Obviously, there are times when you have to fast such as to take a medical test and for surgery. Yet, there are individuals who believe in fasting for a variety of reasons.  Certain types of people  like fasting because it helps them to lose weight.  There is an adjustment to not eating if a person tries it.  It may curb your hunger, drop excess fat, and possibly reduce some of your food cravings.  They claim, the individuals who have tried this, that they feel more clear headed.  Frankly, a good workout or strenuous exercise can do the same thing.  There are studies that have shown that intermittent fasting can help you lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of a heart attack.  Again, though, if you eat in a healthy way and avoid high fat, high sugar foods, exercise regularly you will probably have the same effects. In addition, intermittent fasting can actually increase food cravings, cause you to feel lightheaded, and even have trouble sleeping.  Our bodies are all we have and we need to treat them with respect.  Abusing them with excessive foods while not trying to be physically fit is a clear sign that health issues will occur.  There are many articles encouraging fasting, but it really boils down to what is right for each person.  In the Good Gus series, no one ever did fasting.  They ate healthy home grown food and worked it off daily with chores along with maintaining their gardens and farms.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide and is an ideal gift for Easter for the young reader.  If you have tried fasting or are thinking about it, do your research so you will know if it is right for you.  While you are reading, a quick break reading “Misplaced Trust” may be be enjoyable.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 

The best offense is a good defense. At least that is what I have heard when it comes to sports. However, it is also important in many aspects of daily life.  There are continual adverts claiming they have the best self defense products a person should purchase.  Some work but unless it is in your hand when you are attacked or mugged, trying to take it out of your pocket or purse will take too much time and the attacker will succeed.  There are also self defense courses but again you have to really practice and continue after the course to ensure you will succeed.  These ideas are important as it seems lately, and particularly in the United States, crime is not only on the rise, but murders are occurring at a rapid rate.  The bombs in Austin, Texas, the shootings at schools are all very frightening to the average person.  There are also other areas that a good offense will lead to a good defense.  In the legal world, the defense is everything.  However, you need to be prepared to fight to win and not just hope.  Not all judges agree on the interpretation of the laws and many tend to decide what they feel is best and what may not be correct.  In the City of Las Vegas, for example, the family court is under investigation.  Apparently, there are judges who can be bribed, who favor certain types of people and in general have made the lives of numerous families miserable.  If you don’t know if a judge will follow the rules, how can you prepare a case for yourself or a client and land a positive ruling?  It is difficult.  In the Good Gus series there was no real need for physical defense except against the weather. The series is available on Kindle worldwide and is an excellent gift for the young reader for Easter.  If you are in a position where you need a good defense, do your homework so you will be victorious.  If it has anything to do with trusts, wills or estates, “Misplaced Trust” may be an ideal choice to help you.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

There are often people in life who pretend to be your friend but in reality they are nothing more than a phony.  As children we learn early on who a phony is and we avoid them.  However, even as children adults who are a phony can trick us.  That is one of the reasons there is high abuse among children as they cannot tell the difference.  If they are tricked it will cloud their judgement as they mature.  They will find it difficult to distinguish the difference.  On “American Housewife” obviously a TV show in the U.S., her son has a friend who is rich but tends to be a phony.  In the most recent episode, the mother (Katy Nixon) was teaching him how to become a down to earth person and stop flaunting his parents money.  It is very disappointing as adults to realize a person you may really like is a phony.  If it is a best friend or a family member it is extremely difficult to handle.  Over time, though we all learn.  If it is a person you are in a relationship with, it can hurt almost as much.  When you learn he or she is not real, it can take time to adjust to the situation.  We all know one or two people who are phonies but they never existed in the Good Gus series.  Remember it is an ideal Easter gift and is available on Kindle worldwide.  If you are tired of anyone in your life who is a phony, it is better to face who they are and then move on.  As you recover, reading is always an ideal escape.  “Misplaced Trust” is a good start and is always available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

There is an old song “When you are smiling the whole world smiles with you.” It’s true. In our everyday life we cross paths with a variety of individuals. How we treat them depends upon how you we are treated in return.  No matter where you go such as the bank, grocery, department store, post, or even on a trip,  if you greet everyone with a smiling face the chances are that they will be much more helpful and kinder towards you.  Even if you are presented with  irritable person, a few gentle smiles and looking them in the eye tends to soften them if only for a moment.  If you are an actor or an actress, it is your job to always have a smiling face.  Unfortunately, the media is always lurking to see if they can snap a photo when you are in a bad mood, having a bad day or just plain irritable.  Their popularity depends upon their appearances, attitudes, social media presence and in general the possible facade of a sunny disposition.  Everyone knows that the press and social media will take one minor look, glance or sigh and turn it into a publicity nightmare.  We also teach our children that a happy face is a happy person. Many try to follow our advice even when it is difficult.  In the Good Gus series, many of the characters had smiling faces.  I mixed it up as not everyone is happy or pleasant all the time.  The series makes an excellent Easter gift and is available on Kindle worldwide or at the website.  If your day was full of irritable grumpy people without smiling faces, relax and take a reading break with “Misplaced Trust.” It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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